New York State Academy of Dentistry

19-02 Whitestone Expressway, Suite 204
Whitestone, NY 11357
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Empire State Master Track Occlusion

Empire State Master Track Occlusion
Date: 5/14/2022
Time: All Day
Short Description: Early Bird Special Price Until April 1, 2022. After April 1, 2022 $500.00 for members.

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Empire State Spring MasterTrack Program 

 "Demystifying Occlusion in Prosthdontics: A Clinical Approach"

Dates: Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2022

        Location: NYSAGD Learning Center, 1902 Whitestone Expressway, NY 11357-Suite 204

            Lecture 8:30 am to 4:30 pm 

14 MCE Participation Credit Hours / Course Code: 180 

Participants will receive up to 34 MCE participation credit hours towards mastership

Upon completion of their presentation at the Fall 2022 Empire State Masters Program 

This program is open to all dentists including pre-fellows as credit is applied towards Mastership

Case presentations for Fixed Prosthodntics will be held Sunday Evening on May 15 via Zoom


Presentation by Dr. Siamak Najafi:

Dr. Siamak Najafi is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and the Program Director of the Advanced Program for International Dentists in Comprehensive Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry. He earned his DDS degree at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU - Ex. National University) in Tehran, Iran in 2008. He was in private practice for 3 years when he decided to continue his education in the United States. Dr. Najafi completed the Advanced Program for International Dentists in Comprehensive Dentistry in 2012 and the Clinical Fellowship in Comprehensive Dentistry in 2013. In 2016, he completed a 3-year Advanced Education in Prosthodontics post graduate training at NYU College of Dentistry, where he was honored with an award as the top resident of his class. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Dr. Najafi practiced in Chicago, Illinois as a Prosthodontist. He has been involved in multiple research activities and has co-authored articles in dental journals on various topics in Prosthodontics. He is actively giving lectures to different dental societies and study clubs. Dr. Najafi also maintains his private practice in NYU Dental Faculty practice limited to Prosthodontics in New York City.

Course Benefits/Highlights:               

Day-1 (Saturday): 

  • 8:30 AM - 12:30PM: Review of Occlusal Schemes and Mandibular Movements:

Description: This course will review fundamental knowledge of occlusion, from muscles of mastication and mandibular movements, to different occlusal schemes and their clinical relevance. At the end, this course will build a bridge between the didactic and clinical aspect of this topic.

Learning objective: Upon successful completion of this course the attendee will have:

  1. In-depth understanding about the mandibular movements and their clinical relevance in different case scenarios.

  2. Thorough knowledge about every occlusal scheme.

  3. Adequate knowledge to identify and approach occlusal interferences.

  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM: Review of Articulators, Facebow, and Interocclusal Records

Description: In this course, different articulators and facebows will be reviewed and selection criteria for articulators in any possible case scenario will be explained. At the end, different methods of taking interocclusal records will be reviewed along with different condylar positions.

                        Learning objective: 

  1. Different articulators and the indications of each will be reviewed.

  2. Indication of facebow records and different techniques will be explained.

  3. An evidence-based approach to interocclusal record and different condylar positions will be discussed.

Day-2 (Sunday):

  • 8:30 AM - 12:30PM: Occlusion Hands-on

Description: This hands-on will review all that was discussed in the previous day with the help of a set of mounted casts. Mandibular movements, different occlusal schemes, identifying occlusal interferences, and the clinical indication of different articulators will be practiced/reviewed.

Learning objective: Upon successful completion of this course the attendee will have:

  1. In-depth understanding of how to diagnose occlusal scheme and identify occlusal interferences.

  2. Better understanding of different articulators and can select proper articulator based on the case.

  3. The chance to discuss and practice different approaches to manage occlusal interferences

  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM: Diagnosis and Management of TMD/Occlusal Guards

Description: This course will teach the participant how to approach patients who are suffering from TMD (comprehensive exam, diagnosis, and management). At the end, different occlusal guards will be reviewed in managing TMD.

                        Learning objective:

  1. Comprehensive approach to the extra-oral and intra-oral examination of patients with TMD.

  2. Reviewing different categories of TMD and their managements.

  3. Reviewing different types of occlusal guards and their role in managing TMD.


The Empire State Mastership Track is a “Protocol” program that complies with the standards and guidelines of AGD’s Council on Dental Education. In order to receive full participation credit the participant will be required to do a case presentation based on an in-office procedure that reflects the material taught by the instructor. The fee for this program includes the case presentation session, held approximately 6 months after the initial meeting.  This program is open to all dentists including pre-fellows as credit is applied towards Mastership.

The New York State constituent of the Academy of General Dentistry is an approved PACE provider.  The sponsor's formal CDE programs are acceptable by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and maintenance credit.  Approval does not imply acceptance by a state of provincial board of dentistry. The current term of approval extends from 1/01/21 to 12/31/22.  AGD Code#219318



Cancellation Policy - If your cancellation is at least 48 hours in advance of the class, you will receive a full refund. If your cancellation is less than 48 hours in advance, we will not be able to issue a refund.